Stilton: it’s a family affair
Here at Cropwell Bishop we believe in keeping things in the family. That is why, from our creamery in the beautiful Vale of Belvoir, we have made mouthwateringly delicious Stilton for more than three generations.
Today, cousins Robin and Ben Skailes oversee the day-to-day running of our cheese dairy along with their fathers, David and Ian. Using traditional methods passed down by their grandfather, they continue to produce award-winning Stilton of the very finest quality.
Our creamery plays a big part in Cropwell Bishop village life. Most of our employees live locally, and some of them have been with us for more than 25 years. Some have even worked under Robin and Ben's grandfather. That is why we trust them to maintain the highest standards of cheese craft; and why we regard them as part of the family.
Our strong family values extend to our suppliers, too. We have hand picked some of the best milk suppliers in the region: small, family-run farms whose expertise, like our own, has been passed down through generations. And in return for the exceptional milk they supply, we make sure our farmers are paid a price that they deserve. After all, we're likely to need their milk for several generations to come.
In June 2013 we were delighted to be crowned Midlands and East Anglia Family Business of the Year. The Family Business Awards were launched to celebrate great British family firms, and raise awareness of the often-unrecognised contribution that they make to the economy. We were up against some great competition from our region, so it was a huge honour to have been shortlisted and then go on and win this award.